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East Grinstead players prepare for a rainy day

Boys at Ashurst Wood Junior Football Club have given the boot to getting soaked on the pitch.

From News & press - 27 April 2021 12:00 AM

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The under-11s have received a £250 award from UK Power Networks towards the cost of new wet weather jackets to keep the boys warm and dry.

The squad was nominated for a Team Sport Award by parent, Hannah Farmer, an engineering assistant at the power company, which keeps electricity supplies flowing across the South East, London and East of England. Her son Will has played for the squad since he was six.

Hannah, who volunteers with the club’s administration tasks, said: “The jackets will provide an extra layer of warmth for the boys, who are only 10 or 11 and it means they can train all year round and keep dry. It’s nice to have that option.

“It was lovely to receive the award from UK Power Networks. It’s such a good scheme and the money is so important because they are growing boys and funding new kit costs so much. It’s great news for the club and I know they appreciate the support.

“It’s brilliant for morale getting them playing a sport they enjoy with their friends.”

The club train on Thursday evenings and play home games on Saturdays at John Pears Field in Ashurst Wood.

The Team Sport Award scheme is run by UK Power Networks to encourage staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and developing sports opportunities. In 2020, more than 60 local sports teams connected to UK Power Networks’ staff benefitted from a share in £15,500.